This year’s tulip festival creates stronger connection to ByWard Market

Tulip Festival
Tulip Festival

A closer connection between the annual Canadian Tulip Festival and the ByWard Market will have multiple benefits for residents and tourists to the city, organizers say.

The Canadian Tulip Festival runs May 10 to May 20 with Dow’s Lake as centrestage for major events against the backdrop of 300,000 tulips. 

At the same time, there will be tulip festival-themed activities in the ByWard Market. On May 10 and 11, the Market will unveil its 2024 outdoor public market season, along with a Mother’s Day Flower Market. May 18 will feature the ByWard Night Market: Tulip Palooza & Street Party with a “pollinator’s paradise theme, creating a dazzling atmosphere for guests to revel in and get their glow on.”

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“The revitalization of the ByWard Market District includes rebuilding essential connections with event organizers, particularly ones that foster partnerships that help grow the participation of visitors, residents and businesses in new and engaging ways,” said ByWard Market District Authority executive director Zachary Dayler in a news release Wednesday. “The ByWard Public Market is where this city started some 200 years ago — and as we look toward the next two centuries, it is time to start planting the seeds of what’s to come.”

The ByWard Market and other locations around the city will feature large tulip statues, which this year are made with materials that prioritize impact and sustainability, organizers say.

“The ByWard Market is where most tourists begin their tulip adventure across our beautiful city, so this partnership is perfect. As two of Ottawa’s biggest tourism draws and most internationally renowned features of the National Capital Region, it only makes sense to make the most of our traditions together,” said Canadian Tulip Festival executive director Jo Riding. 

A ByWard Market Hop-On Hop-Off Tulip Tour will allow visitors and residents to traverse the city for $5 roundtrip. The bus will run hourly on weekdays from the Tulip Plaza on York Street, at the OTTAWA Letters, to the Canadian Tulip Festival’s main location at Commissioners Park. 

For a full lineup of events, visit

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